Favorite BooksPosted: November 4, 2011
When I saw that this week’s Friend Friday is about your favorite books (in honors of NaNoWriMo), I couldn’t pass it up. Even though I have the “Book of the Week” feature, those are not always my favorite, so with this post I can rant about all the books that I read long ago and still love.
It’s hard to pick just 5, though. So, in no particular order:
1. Good Omens (Terry Pratchett & Neil Gaiman) Two of my favorite authors, ’nuff said. It’s one of the books that I reread at least once a year because I pick it up for a quote or something, and start reading, and can’t stop until I finish. I was very excited to learn that it’s going to be adapted into a mini series.
2. The Land and Forest of the South (Doan Gioi) This is a Vietnamese classic kid’s book, about the adventures of an orphaned boy in the Mekong Delta during the French Indochina War. It’s full of characters so well-drawn that you feel like you know them, and cool details about the local life that reads almost like a fun travel book. I grew up reading this – it has a permanent place on our dinning room table, because my sister and I always read it during meals and quote passages at each other. Sometimes I wish I could translate it into English and introduce it to the world, but it’s one of those books so colloquial that a lot of it will be lost in translation anyway.
3. Anna Karenina (Leo Tolstoy) Another book that I reread at least once a year. I love how Tolstoy describes the inner workings of his characters’ minds, almost stream-of-conscious, but not quite. Mind you, I only read the Vietnamese translation though. It’s easier on my brain.
4. Totto-chan, the Little Girl at the Window (Tetsuko Kuroyanagi) Another book I grew up reading. This childhood memoir is about an unconventional elementary school in Japan before World War II, where the classrooms are old train cars and the students are allowed great freedom of expression. Seriously, I get choked up just thinking about it.
5. The Graveyard Book (Neil Gaiman) I could probably fill this whole list with Neil Gaiman’s books, but if I have pick one, I’ll go with this. I love the atmosphere and the world that the book builds up and draws you into, and I also have a little crush on Silas.
Honorary mentions: Harry Potter (naturally), I Capture the Castle (Dodie Smith), The Penderwicks: A Summer Tale of Four Sisters, Two Rabbits and a Very Interesting Boy (Jeanne Birdsall), The Thirteenth Tale (Dianne Setterfield), Neither Here Nor There (Bill Bryson), and many, many more!